Get Involved

Volunteer With Us

There are many ways to get involved with Tualatin Riverkeepers as a volunteer! If you would like general information on volunteering with us, we encourage you to attend a virtual or in-person information session, held in the spring and fall. Keep an eye out for these dates on our events calendar. You can also view a recording of our 2023 New Volunteer Information Session to better understand some of our volunteer needs.

To review our volunteer expectations, please review this sheet


General Stewardship

Stewards of all levels and backgrounds can join us for individual events at several parks throughout Washington County!

We provide refreshments and tools, as well as detailed instructions and guidance on how to accomplish our designated tasks. These tasks can include removing invasive species such as holly, ivy, or blackberry! It can also include planting native species like Oregon Grape, thimbleberry, salmonberry, and more! If you are interested in joining one of these projects, you can register for an event here.


Restoration Crew Leader Volunteer

TRK is seeking enthusiastic volunteers with strong leadership skills who are interested in advancing their stewardship knowledge.

The Restoration Crew Leader position is open to volunteers with any level of experience in habitat restoration, as we offer a comprehensive series of training sessions and hands-on learning  to become certified as a Restoration Crew Leader.

Once certified, Crew Leaders will shadow a staff member or fellow Restoration Crew Leader at an event and lead their own small group of volunteers. Before leading volunteer crews, we ask that Restoration Leaders show knowledge of stewardship topics and techniques as well as agility in leading community members with differing backgrounds in stewardship.

Our Restoration Crew Leader Manual can be found here. Leadership skills and current first aid and CPR are a must, we will provide this certification through our training programming.

For more information on the position, please review this sheet, or contact our Restoration Crew Leader program manager, Caitlin Costello at caitlin@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Watershed Ambassador

This is a wonderful and accessible way to get involved and connect with your community! We are looking for volunteers to set up tables at events to which Tualatin Riverkeepers has been invited. 

These volunteers then attend the table and connect community members with our resources, materials, upcoming events, and more! All materials will be provided and there are 2 training sessions every Spring to go over expectations and talking points, as well as commonly asked questions. You will only be required to attend one hour long session per year.

For more information, you can view the overview sheet here or contact our Volunteer and Restoration Manager Caitlin Costello at caitlin@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Trailer Hauler

This is a unique opportunity to help Tualatin Riverkeepers transport boats to and from our paddling sites and guided trip launches! 

You will need to have a vehicle and tow hitch appropriate to the job, but once that is figured out, you are good to go. This position is vital to a large portion of what we do and it makes the river more accessible to a greater number of people! 

If you would like more information, please review this sheet, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Welcome Coordinator

This volunteer greets paddlers as they arrive at our events and guided trips on the water.

This is the first point of contact for our community members who may be arriving with variable experience on the water or in recreation groups. It is important that this volunteer be warm and welcoming to all who decide to join us! 

If you would like more information, check this sheet out, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Gear Coordinator

Tualatin Riverkeepers is seeking volunteers who are interested in coordinating gear for paddle trips and events.

This volunteer should be organized and confident in making and improving systems of gear maintenance.  The most common volunteer opportunities for this position are specific to certain events.  They will arrive at guided trips prior to guests to organize gear and materials, aid attendees in acquiring their gear, and help organize gear once again as guests return from their adventure.   If you would like more information, check this sheet out, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Paddle Trip Leader

This is a great opportunity for volunteers who are interested in taking on a leadership role within our River Experiences programming. 

This position requires experience in leadership roles as well as in boats and watercraft on the river.  We also require at least one year as a Safety Boat volunteer. Once you have moved into this position, you will be able to host paddle events and trips and oversee a team of volunteers as they guide guests along the river. Leadership skills and current first aid and CPR are a must, we will provide this certification through our training programming. 

If you would like more information, check this sheet out, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Lead Safety Boat

This position is ideal for volunteers with boating experience who feel comfortable watching and aiding paddlers during guided paddle trips. 

They will assist in coordination at events, but will answer to the Paddle Trip Leader. It is essential that these volunteers approach paddlers in a kind, warm, and safe manner so as to better ensure their enjoyment no matter their level of experience. Leadership skills and current first aid and CPR are a must, we will provide this certification through our training programming. 

If you would like more information, you can view the position overview here, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


Safety Boat

Safety Boat volunteers work closely with Paddle Trip Leaders and Lead Safety Boat volunteers.

Safety Boat volunteers help to guide our paddle trips and ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and fellow adventurers! These volunteers should be engaging and willing to answer questions both on land and on the water as well as speak to Tualatin Riverkeepers history, mission, and current projects.  It is important to be able to approach paddlers with a variety of experience levels during these events. Current first aid and CPR are a must, we will provide this certification through our training programming.

If you would like more information, you can view the position overview here, or contact our River Experiences Manager Mark Fitzsimons at mark@tualatinriverkeepers.org.


More Opportunities Coming Soon

  • River Runners

  • River Ambassadors